Take a Risk

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Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs—and tips to share—along the path to becoming a freelance writer.

Earlier this year, on the last day of one my writing workshops, I heard an interesting comment.

I was teaching a class on personal essays and op-eds, and on that final day, a student expressed this thought: “I think the essays we all wrote in this class were great, but they were kind of tame.”

Ethan Gilsdorf

The Workshop

The Grubbie Guide to AWP 2014

The Grubbie Guide to AWP 2014

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How to Write About Grief: Revise the Story of Your Life

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[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]


I used to say that loss made me a stronger person. Now I say, loss made me a weaker person.

Both are true. But each was true at a different time in my life. Because my idea of myself, and the losses that shaped me, and the story about this I tell about myself, has also changed over my life. And as a writer, I try to show these changes.

Ethan Gilsdorf

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Would We Lie To You: How to Interview Someone Who Thinks You’re an Idiot

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

By Kat Setzer

"I see trainers in gyms that are, as far as I'm concerned, ignorant," says the researcher I'm interviewing for my book on women's strength. What she doesn't realize--because I haven't told her--is that I'm a personal trainer who works with middle-aged women much like the ones she studies.

The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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The Grub Street Rag, 9/24/12: Classes This Week, Give Your Writing A Boost and more

In this issue

Evolving Grub News
Changing Grub Events
Spreading the Love

Grub Street News

Welcome to the latest installment of the Grub Street Rag, a newsletter of the Boston literary scene brought to you every Monday from the Slice n' Bake Masters at Grub Street's World Headquarters


The Grub Street Rag, 5/14/12: Department of Congratulations and Member Events

May 8th, 2012

"I’m writing a poem right now about a nose. I’ve always wanted to write a poem about a nose. But it’s a ludicrous subject. That’s why, when I was younger, I was afraid of [writing] something that didn’t make a lot of sense. But now I’m not. I have nothing to worry about. It doesn’t matter.”

—Maurice Sendak, 1928 - 2012


The Magic of "Finding Your Book"

By Alexandra Grabbe

When I sat down with ten strangers for a first session of Joanne Wyckoff’s Finding Your Book, I had no idea the eight-week course would prove so memorable.  A year later, every time I passed our empty classroom during break, pangs of nostalgia would shoot through me

Alexandra Grabbe

Inspiration Success Stories

The Grubbie Guide to AWP

The Grubbie Guide to AWP

The Grubbie Scale: 1 point for each Grubbie on panel and 2 for Grub Staff or current instructor

Please let us know in the Comments if we've missed anyone. See you in Chicago!


R106: The Long and Short of It: Navigating the Transitions Between Writing Novels and Short Stories


Best How-To Books for Nonfiction Writers

By Michelle Seaton

Do you know any good writing books? Can you recommend any good books on writing? Are there good books out there about writing memoir?

I must hear these questions a dozen times each term. Every instructor does. I usually tell people that how-to books about writing are sort of like diet books or romance novels or fly-fishing memoirs: Nobody has just one. If you own one writing book, you own a hundred of them.

Michelle Seaton

Craft Advice

Department of Congratulations, Let's Measure the Yard With Yards of Beer Edition

There's an almost intimidating amount of good news this month (at least from an editorial standpoint). We'll start with some timely nuptial news: Grub instructors Jenn De Leon and Adam Stumacher will be getting married this Sunday, February 19th, in Guatamala. They met through Grub Street, and we couldn't be more excited for them! In other Jenn and Adam news, Jenn was awarded a four-week fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center where she will be working on novel revisions, and Adam has been awarded a fellowship from Spiro Arts, which includes a six week residency in Park ...


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